NOhep Villager: END Hep C SF

 

End Hep C SF initiative is a multi-sector independent consortium operating under the principles of collective impact. We envision a San Francisco where hepatitis C is no longer a public health threat, and hepatitis C related health inequities have been eliminated. Our mission is to support all San Franciscans living with, and at risk for, hepatitis C to maximize their health and wellness. We achieve this through prevention, education, testing, treatment, and linkage to reduce morbidity and mortality related to hepatitis C.

What do you plan to do at your booth in the NOhep Village?

End Hep C SF aims to send a small group of initiative partners, who together represent the government, community, clinical, and research perspectives that mutually reinforce each other’s hepatitis C interventions. These partners together will staff the NOhep village table in different combinations over the course of the NOhep village hours, embodying the spirit of collaboration and shared resources that fuel End Hep C SF.

End Hep C SF will also highlight various ways we engage community members and support their leadership in the initiative. This will include visual displays of photographs from the “Tales from the Cured” and “Get Cured, Stay Cured” community meetings. In these meetings, we feature panels of folks who have been cured of hepatitis C discussing what has been made possible in their lives as a result of being cured, how they work to prevent reinfection, etc. Also related to our community engagement work, we will share information about our newly funded peer-based hepatitis C linkage programs.

End Hep C SF will share copies of materials the initiative has collaboratively worked on, including the Sex-C brochure about preventing sexual transmission of hepatitis C and our Rapidly Changing Landscape of hepatitis C: Updates and Opportunities for SF Providers to Diagnose and Cure hepatitis C brochure.

Taken together, these materials and displays will support the promotion of engagement of multiple stakeholders with varying perspectives and expertise as the only path forward to eliminate hepatitis C.

 What do you hope delegates will learn from your booth?

We hope to show that a multi-sector, collective impact approach to elimination is an effective and inspiring model. We will share outcomes of the initiative, including significant increases in community-based testing and treatment numbers to support this point.

 What will make your booth stand out?

We plan to design a poster that visually depicts the various elements of our strategic plan and how it has guided the goals and accomplishments of various work groups, which will help NOhep Village attendees understand how exactly how End Hep C SF functions and encourages partnerships between community advocates, researchers, clinicians, and government officials. We will also have a display of photographs from our “Tales from the Cured” and “Get Cured, Stay Cured” community meetings.

What are you most looking forward to about the Global Hepatitis Summit?

We look forward to learning from, and building relationships with, other groups and organizations from around the world who are addressing hepatitis C in innovative ways, and to representing our own.

How will exhibiting in the NOhep Village benefit your organization?

As mentioned above we hope to network and learn from other organizations. We look forward to building relationships and strengthening our brand.

How have you worked with the scientific community in the past?

Yes. The scientific community are well-represented in our group. We have a number of epidemiologists and clinicians involved in End Hep C SF.

Find out more about End Hep C SF’s work by visiting their website or following them on Twitter Instagram, and Facebook.